Scientific advice is fundamental for supporting the policy and regulatory choices concerning sustainable energy and environmental protection. However, the dialogue between scientists and policy-makers is partly affected by socio-political considerations about the role of science in society. Under the research framework of the four year IRSES Program, “Evaluating Policies for Sustainable Energy Investments: Towards an Integrated Approach on the National and International Stage” (EPSEI), which is funded by the European Commission, this Special Issue comprises of selected papers concerning the functions of science in China and the Russian Federation. In addition, we encourage authors to submit both review and original research articles that include analysis on the scientific support for energy sustainability in several world areas.
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Fundamental trends in the European Union, and the world at large, provide an increasingly important policy agenda for financing sustainable energy in terms of energy efficiency, innovation in energy exploitation and development of renewable resources. During the four years Marie Curie IRSES Programme “Evaluating Policies for Sustainable Energy Investments: towards an integrated approach on national and international stage” (EPSEI), funded by the European Commission, a research partnership between research organizations from Europe and other crucial world regions, mainly China and Russian Federation, was developed. This Special Issue focuses on the international trends in sustainable energy and their effects on energy security at the national level. Such technical, legal and policy-related matters affect multiple parties and interests. Resolution of disputes may require coordination of multiple governmental authorities and private entities. Arbitration and negotiation can represent a way to effectively combine several points of view about economic interests and environmental concerns.
This Special Issue is part of the results of the Research Team at gLAWcal - Global law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (United Kingdom) coordinated by Prof. Paolo Davide Farah, in the frame of the Project EPSEI. The research leading to these results has received funding from the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–13) under REA grant agreement no 269327 Acronym of the Project: EPSEI (2011–15) entitled ‘Evaluating Policies for Sustainable Energy Investments: Towards an Integrated Approach on National and International Stage’.
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